TCDD Announces Cultural Disability Project


January 16, 2013

Contact: Melissa Loe
(512) 437-5441

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities awarded $10,000 to Advocacy for Living in Mainstream America for a one-year project to improve the lives of people with disabilities from Spanish-speaking families in Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Hays, Caldwell and Burnet counties.

“This project will empower 200 parents and their family members to become active advocates and increase their understanding of services for people with developmental disabilities,” said TCDD Chair Mary Durheim. “ALMA will also provide training in communication skills and develop a support network that provides Spanish-speaking families with information, emotional support and guidance to help them advocate effectively and become informed decision makers.” The project will translate its materials into Spanish and evaluate the needs and concerns of the Latino population.

TCDD is governed by a 27-member board, dedicated to improving the lives of more than 475,000 Texans with developmental disabilities. The council uses a variety of activities – such as grant projects, technical assistance, public awareness and leadership training – to enable people with disabilities to live and participate in the community. Developmental disabilities are severe, chronic disabilities that occur before the age of 22, such as autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness, traumatic brain injury and epilepsy.